Attorney Information

Attorneys are strongly encouraged to file all new civil cases electronically. Local Civil Rule 5.1.2, subsection 2(b) has been suspended until further notice pursuant to Standing Order.

The Guide for Opening a Civil Case and Filing a Civil Complaint provides detailed instructions for attorneys for how to file a new civil case electronically.

With a select few exceptions, attorneys are required to file all other documents through CM/ECF, pursuant to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. Guidance on filing through CM/ECF can be found at


Attorney Admission

In order to request admission to practice, you must be a member of the bar in good standing and familiar with the Eastern District of Pennsylvania's Local Civil Rule 83.5.
All applications are now submitted through PACER, so you must have an upgraded individual PACER account in order to apply.
     If you do not already have an individual PACER account, click here.
     If you need to upgrade your current PACER account, click here.
Once you have an upgraded individual PACER account, follow these instructions to complete your Attorney Admission application. After acceptance, you will receive information about how to pay your $213 admission fee. When the fee is processed, your e-filing privileges will be activated.

Due to Covid-19, the Oath of Admission is not required at this time and all in-person Attorney Admission ceremonies are currently suspended.


Pro Hac Vice Admission

An attorney who is admitted to the Eastern District of Pennsylvania may file a motion for an out of state attorney to appear pro hac vice. The pro hac vice admission fee is $40.00 and is payable by credit card when using CM/ECF to file the application.

The Application for Pro Hac Vice Admission is available here. Please note that some judges may have additional or different requirements for attorneys seeking admission pro hac vice. Information regarding judges’ individual policies and procedures is available here.


Third Circuit Model Jury Instructions


Volunteer Attorney Panel Information

If you are interested in joining the Volunteer Attorney Panels, please contact the coordinator(s) for the specific panel identified in the document listed below entitled Volunteer Attorney Panels of the Eastern District.

For attorneys seeking additional information about the panels, please contact the Panel Administrator:

Miriam Coco ((267) 299-7085), Gail Olson ((267) 299-7060), E-mail
Volunteer Attorney Panels of the Eastern District
Prisoner Civil Rights Panel Program Description
Plaintiffs' Employment Panel Program Description
Plaintiffs' Social Security Appeals Panel Program Description
Agreement for Social Security Appeals Panel Attorneys Form